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Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Definitions for ambisinister

  1. clumsy or unskillful with both hands.

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Citations for ambisinister
Professor Fischer says that the reserve physicians "Were surgically ambisinister, medically at the zero point, and lacking in discipline, military skill and temperance." , "Sanitary Service in the Russo-Japanese War," The Military Surgeon, January, 1914
One day I smashed my right thumb, not my left, because I happened to be ambi-sinister and when I smashed my right thumb, I found such limitations of vocabulary hemming me in (laughter), that I determined that shipyard building with all its physical and verbal risks was no place for me. , "Banquet an Oratorical Feast," Paint, Oil and Chemical Review, November 2, 1921
Origin of ambisinister
Ambisinister blends the prefix ambi- meaning "both" with sinister meaning "of or on the left side." Sinister's more common sense, "threatening or portending evil, harm, or trouble; ominous," comes from the notion that left-handedness is unlucky.